It feels like Fort Bragg lives and breathes with the flowing tides and crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean. The crisp, clean air, the cooling fog, the breathtaking sunsets and the abundance of locally-caught seafood have always defined this city on a bluff. And yet, beautiful as it may be, the ocean needs our help to fend off the effects of pollution, over-fishing and climate change.

Noyo Center for Marine Science

With their Discovery Center in town, an Interpretive Center on the coast and a world-class Marine Science Facility in development, Noyo Center advances ocean conservation through education, exploration and experience. Their Help the Kelp program is particularly important right now, as they work to protect the critical Bull Kelp forests from invasive species brought on by warming waters. 


The Coastal Trail

It’s a miles-long, full-open-to-the-public, easily-accessible, hike and bike-able paved trail that runs along one of California’s most spectacular stretches of coastline. There are restrooms, parking lots, interpretive signs, welcome plazas, stairs down to the beach and unique benches designed by local artists. Perfect for a morning bike ride along the coast or an evening sunset stroll.